Escape the Data Center Doldrums
How do you know that the time has come to move from the data center to the cloud? Facing the prospect of increasing energy costs, potential data loss because of inadequate DR (disaster recovery) strategies, and sluggish scalability, many data center operators have opted to move to the cloud. There, they can easily scale up without new hardware purchases, additional personnel, or a host of other overhead costs and capital expenditures (capex) that are as cumbersome as the centers themselves.
After relying for decades on on-premises storage in data centers to manage their approximately 4,000 enterprise-level customers, a major software-as-a-service (SaaS) player in the project management sphere decided to take a lift-and-shift approach to migrating their applications to the cloud using Arex Cloud Volumes Service for Google Cloud.
So, they decided to conduct their application migration to the cloud in small steps; first, they opted to move only workloads housed in two of their data centers--a total of several dozen terabytes--to the cloud. They’ve set themselves the stated goal of completing the application migration from both data centers by the end of 2019.
SaaS platform companies need to employ tools that can help them to scale up while keeping operations agile and costs under control. They also need to guarantee that their customers’ data is secure and their service, reliable. In this case, the company’s multicloud-ready SaaS platform leverages both Google Cloud and AWS to support those requirements.
Their portfolio includes entities that demand a high degree of reliability due to the often-sensitive nature of their work. That means that service interruptions, including any level of rearchitecting, are unacceptable, making a flawlessly executed lift-and-shift application migration a necessity rather than a ballpark ideal.
In deciding to adopt Arex Cloud Volumes Service, the company also took into account their extensive use of snapshots all the way up their application stack. They couldn’t lose that crucial capability as they moved to a new storage service.
Nor could they sacrifice the consistent service that their reputation is built upon.
Using Cloud Sync, the company kicked off their first application migration by deploying a 12TB volume in Google Cloud. During the lift-and-shift migration process, their data remained securely encrypted. As expected, neither they nor their customers experienced meaningful interruptions in service.
Now, Arex Cloud Volumes Service’s Snapshot technology, which creates point-in-time representations of data and applications in less than a second, is in place to safeguard their data.
They anticipate that they’ll migrate a second data center to the cloud in the near future; eventually, they aim to lift and shift a total of over 150TB out of their data centers, effectively moving all of their applications to the cloud.
They’re currently considering taking advantage of Arex Kubernetes Service for Kubernetes deployment between Google Cloud and AWS to further streamline their operations.